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McCawley Grange’s, Some Lessons in Gaelic, is one of those books you read quickly and are sorry when it’s finished. It is brilliantly crafted and the author’s flair with plot construction and narrative are evident. It is the story of a young English boy attending a Christian Brother’s school in 1950s Ireland. In the wrong hands this could have become a light-weight tale of a poor English boy bullied by evil clerics and antipathetic peers. The three dimensional characters in Mr Grange’s story, however, are complex individuals in possession of insights and failings in equal measure. Whether the events are autobiographical or fictional is not the point, what is is the understanding of characterisation that has clearly come from significant experience. The insecure and deeply flawed main protagonist just about claims our sympathy, the teachers are not just boy-beating bigots and his peers are not all ignorant bumpkins whose sole aim is to belittle the blow-in from England. I can recommend this book to anyone. It is humorous, dark and touching. It has the lot.